George Washington Cable

George Washington Cable, 1844–1925, American author, b. New Orleans. He is remembered primarily for his early sketches and novels of creole life, which established his reputation as an important local-color writer. Cable served as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War and afterward was a writer and reporter for the New Orleans Picayune. His short stories of New Orleans culture began to appear in Scribner's Monthly in 1873; they were collected and published as Old Creole Days (1879). Among his novels are The Grandissimes (1880), Madame Delphine (1881), Dr. Sevier (1884), and Gideon's Band (1914). Cable's works depict the picturesque life of creoles in antebellum Louisiana with charm and freshness. Discernible in some of them is the author's moral opposition to slavery and class distinction. After 1884, Cable lived in Northampton, Mass. His later works, notably the essays collected in The Silent South (1885) and The Negro Question (1890), reveal his concern with social evils, particularly with the betrayal of the freed African American slaves.

See his letters, ed. by L. L. Leffingwell (1928, repr. 1967); biography by L. D. Rubin (1969); study by P. C. Butcher (1959).

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George Washington Cable: Selected full-text books and articles

George W. Cable: the Northampton Years By Philip Butcher Columbia University Press, 1959
George W. Cable: His Life and Letters By Lucy Leffingwell Cable Bikle C. Scribner's Sons, 1928
FREE! Bylow Hill By George W. Cable; F. C. Yohn C. Scribner's Sons, 1902
FREE! Kincaid's Battery By George W. Cable Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908
Mark Twain and G. W. Cable: The Record of a Literary Friendship By Mark Twain; George W. Cable; Arlin Turner Michigan State University Press, 1960
The White Savage: Racial Fantasies in the Postbellum South By Lawrence J. Friedman Prentice-Hall, 1970
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "Heresy in the New South: The Case for George W. Cable"
The Faraway Country: Writers of the Modern South By Louis Decimus Rubin University of Washington Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Road to Yoknapatawpha: George W. Cable and John March, Southerner"
New South Narratives of Freedom: Rereading George Washington Cable's "`Tite Poulette" and Madame Delphine By Payne, James Robert MELUS, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring 2002
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Marching to a Different Drummer: Unrecognized Heroes of American History By Robin Kadison Berson Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "George Washington Cable (October 12, 1834-January 31, 1925): Human Rights and Civil Rights Activist" begins on p. 33
Our Decentralized Literature: Cultural Mediations in Selected Jewish and Southern Writers By Jules Chametzky University of Massachusetts Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: "George Washington Cable" begins on p. 23
The South in American Literature, 1607-1900 By Jay B. Hubbell Duke University Press, 1973
Librarian’s tip: "George W. Cable" begins on p. 804
American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary By E. C. Applegate Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "George Washington Cable (1844-1925)" begins on p. 57
The Gay Nineties in America: A Cultural Dictionary of the 1890s By Robert L. Gale Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Cable, George Washington (1844-1925)" begins on p. 45
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